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Jean Vanier 1928-2019
Jean Vanier died peacefully on May 7, 2019 in Paris, France, surrounded by members of his family. He was 90 years old. His death is a great loss to his family, to the members of L’Arche and Faith and Light around the world (including the 29 communities and two projects of L’Arche in Canada), and to people everywhere touched by his vision of a more human society where each person – regardless of their age, abilities, or background – has a place and contributes their gifts.
 
To read more and contribute to a Book of Condolence: www.larche.ca
 
Jean Vanier wanted a simple funeral, celebrated in the privacy of his community of Trosly-Breuil. The celebration will be broadcast live this Thursday, May 16 at 2 p.m. (Paris local time) on YouTube of KTO TV in order to allow each of you to participate.
 
Hello,
 
Hello and welcome to the second edition of Re-discover! We are delighted to have the opportunity to strengthen and maintain our connections with you, the L’Arche Canada alumni.
 
In this year that we celebrate 50 years of L’Arche in Canada, we would like to extend a welcome to you to participate with us in a variety of ways. You can read below about opportunities to connect with us both online and personally.
 
We would like to thank Emily Hill for her touching and inspiring reflection on how her time in L’Arche has been a source of inspiration and guidance in her life. If you are interested in sharing your story with us, please contact Elizabeth at enash@larche.ca. We would love to hear from you.
 
Enjoy!
 
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Michael and the Bigger Story
 
It was a man of few words who taught me to see all stories, even the ones that cannot be spoken.
 
Michael had always been a man of few words, but he was a man of even fewer words by the time I arrived in his L’Arche home in 2001. He had been in the hospital for a long time and, I was told, had been dangerously close to death. But, he had survived and was coming home during my first week in L’Arche.
 
A Word about Recruitment
 
Did you know that your stories about L’Arche are our greatest recruitment tool?  Far and away, the most common reason that successful applicants give for applying to L’Arche, is that someone told them about their own time in L’Arche. Your stories touch that part of others that yearns for a place of community, friendship, and belonging.
 
Please continue to share your stories about L’Arche with your friends and family. And if you speak to someone who seems interested in becoming an assistant, direct them to our website www.larche-work.ca. Our online application form is there, along with all kinds of information about life as an assistant.
 
Also, don’t forget to follow and share about us on social media! All of the links can be found at the bottom of this email.
 
If you are interested in helping with recruitment in a more direct way, please contact Elizabeth Nash, the Recruitment Coordinator for L’Arche Canada enash@larche.ca. Your testimonials, stories, and connections are vital to the work of finding new assistants!
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Church Street House and Helen
 
On Labour Day weekend in 1984, I was welcomed into the Church Street house with a backyard barbecue organized by Carmen. (She and Steve and their children were no longer living in the house, but Carmen was the house accompanier.) At the same gathering, Colleen, the outgoing house leader, and John O., who had been an assistant in the Big House for a year, were being sent off – Colleen to begin university and John to graduate school, where he was to study with Henri Nouwen. Gus and Debbie came with their children and people from the Big House. Gus gave a short speech thanking Colleen and John. Everyone in Church Street was there: Julie from Manchester, and George, whose frozen hands we had ministered to at the Green House, and Gord, with whom I had been on vacation to Winnipeg three years earlier, and Anne Marie and Helen, both of whom I knew only slightly when I moved in. Nick, the Church Street work assistant, had started to live out of the house but would be continuing to help out regularly. As the barbecue ended, George, his large fifty-seven-year-old bulk hovering over me and a potted yellow mum held firmly under one of his arms, planted a kiss on my forehead and then handed me the mum, my welcome gift from the house. And so began a new phase of my life in L’Arche.
 
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Keep the connection!
 
ConneXions is L’Arche Canada’s monthly e-mail review of news, stories, and commentary about what is happening in L’Arche, with our partners, and within Canadian society. Be informed, challenged and inspired! Subscribe here. www.larche.ca/en/connexions
 
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Discover L’Arche Canada Foundation
 
L’Arche Canada Foundation is the fundraising arm for L’Arche. The mission is to inspire Canadians to invest in a better quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities. To donate or to learn more, click here: www.larchefoundation.ca/
 
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